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Reed UK – Keeping Up With Organisational Change Through Process Automation

Based out of Central London, Reed Online Ltd. runs UK’s #1 recruitment website, reed.co.uk. The website offers vacancies from various recruiters, including private and public sector employers, recruitment agencies, and consultants. On reed.co.uk job seekers get to apply for vacancies; manage their applications and store their CV online. As for employers and recruitment agencies, reed.co.uk provides the stage to advertise job vacancies and enables users to manage applicants, search CVs, work on their branding and display advertising. During our recent conversation, Brett Orr & Philip Bailey of reed online talk to us on how process automation keeps organisational  process flows in sync with the constantly-changing environment in the organisation.

Reed.co.ukNeed To Automate Organisational Processes: To cater the vast and variety of users reed.co.uk engages, the organisation has dedicated teams to assist the numerous sales and financial transactions being carried out everyday. Each financial transaction required the approval of the finance director or managing director, with the huge volume of transactions taking place, tracking and closing down each transaction effectively became increasingly difficult. The voluminous transactions also brought in the need to manage the employee base of developers, sales executives and finance professionals effectively, as they were critical for the organisation to function smoothly.

Inefficient – Time Consuming Custom Solution: The folks at reed online were looking to automate their internal HR; finance and administration processes, like tracking purchase requests; updating employee information; managing accounts payable and salary records. To meet their requirements, reed online had built a custom solution – an amalgamation of Google Forms and App Scripts. What seemed as a solution to their process tracking and process automation problem ended up consuming more time and effort than anticipated and failed to deliver the necessary.

“KiSSFLOW allows us to react quickly to organisational change. KiSSFLOW is easy to maneuver and enables us to change the process on the fly.” – Product Owner for Business Systems at reed.co.uk

Over the last six months, the folks at reed.co.uk have automated numerous processes. With KiSSFLOW, the creators found it easy to create processes as per their requirements, without having to compromise the organisation’s existing flow. The ability to change and modify the process flows as and when needed, without consuming much time was a big savior. Simply put,  with KiSSFLOW nothing disappears in process any more. Apart from automating purchase requests, reed has numerous HR; finance and administrative processes automated. Keeping in pace with the organisation’s needs and adapting to change when necessary just got a lot more easier. :-)

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After an initial entrepreneurial stint for three years at the age of 19, Suresh Sambandam went on to work at Hewlett-Packard. Later, Suresh joined Selectica and rose to senior position, as Director of e-Insurance product division in a short-span. The e-Insurance division and its products were later acquired by Accenture. Suresh is a technocrat specializing in product engineering with expertise in software architecture for complex enterprise applications, inference engines, configuration engines, rule-based computing and enterprise middleware. He has applied for multiple patents. Suresh is passionate about entrepreneurship, technology startups and spends a significant amount of personal time in the start-up ecosystem in Chennai. Suresh is a member of the National Council for Emerging Companies Forum and also a core committee member of Product Forum at NASSCOM. He also does mentoring for budding entrepreneurs at IIT Bombay, E-Cell. Suresh is a regular speaker at various industry forums & academic institutions.

Suresh is the Founder & CEO of OrangeScape. OrangeScape is a platform (PaaS - Platform as a Service) to develop process oriented business applications that can be deployed "On Cloud" and "On Premise". OrangeScape supports platforms like Google App Engine and Microsoft Azure as cloud deployment option and Microsoft .Net and J2EE as on-premise deployment options. OrangeScape has 50+ customers including global brands like Unilever, Citibank, Pfizer, AstraZeneca, Fullterton, etc. OrangeScape in the only Indian company has been featured in the PaaS research reports of Forrester and Gartner. OrangeScape has been featured as 'India's Rising Tech Stars' by Forbes(US) magazine. OrangeScape was showcased as one of the 3 emerging product companies in India by Nasscom and was also awarded 'Top IT Innovations' for 2 consecutive years.